Hofstra's Welsh charged with DWI

Updated: April 30, 2010, 11:25 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Hofstra suspended men's basketball coach Tim Welsh on Friday after learning through media reports that police had charged him with driving while intoxicated earlier in the morning.

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School spokeswoman Melissa Connolly said Welsh has been suspended without pay "effective immediately" while the university investigates the charges against him.

According to sources close to assistant coaches Steve DeMeo and Mo Cassara, they were unaware Friday night of Welsh's fate. No coach would offer comment. According to those close to the situation, Hofstra administrators were huddling throughout the day to determine what course of action would be taken, which could include dismissal.

According to those close to the coaching staff, which also includes former Syracuse player and Providence assistant Allen Griffin, there is a fear that Welsh could lose his job. Welsh didn't return text or phone messages Friday.

Late Friday night, Welsh and the assistant coaches were back at the dorm they were staying in since arriving.

Hofstra hired Welsh in late March. He also coached at Providence and Iona and spent the past two seasons as a commentator for ESPNU.

Nassau County police said Welsh was found stopped in his Lexus about 1 a.m. ET at a steady green light at an intersection in Levittown, on Long Island. He was taken into custody and charged with DWI and then later arraigned, where he pleaded not guilty.

Welsh did not answer a call seeking comment and his voicemail box was full. His attorney, Joseph Coluccio, did not immediately return a call for comment. He told Newsday that "we're going to fight this in court."

Welsh is due back in court May 4.

Information from ESPN.com senior writer Andy Katz and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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